Final, Final Thoughts - Given this review is 12 months late (RIP Mary x) even 12 months on, the GeForce RTX 2070 represents great value for money and if you can get one cheap you're in good footing as a high-end gamer even in the tail end of 2019. The new SUPER variant isn't that much faster, so if you find an MSI RTX 2070 GAMING Z for the right money, grab it -- you won't be disappointed.
NVIDIA already has a great card in its own GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition, but not everyone wants the look of the RTX 2070 FE and they might want a card with better, or more silent cooling. This is where MSI steps in with its GAMING Z range of cards.
MSI leads its custom GeForce RTX 2070 with the GAMING Z edition, rollout out as a faster-than-FE version of the RTX 2070. We have cooling that is silent for the most part, and performance that beats the RTX 2070 FE and edges against the higher-end GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
The super-fast 8GB of GDDR6 gels well with the card as it doesn't offer the 11GB that the big daddy RTX 2080 Ti offers, but it gives its all with the same high-end 14Gbps of bandwidth. With some easy overclocking I had another 2Gbps of bandwidth added, hitting a huge 16Gbps of bandwidth when overclocked. NVIDIA ships its GeForce RTX 2070 with much lower boost GPU clocks out of the box versus the higher-end MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z, while the 8GB of GDDR6 is stock at 14Gbps on both cards.
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition: base/boost GPU - 1410/1710MHz
- MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z: base/boost GPU - 1620/1830MHz
If you're using a higher-end 1080p or 1440p gaming monitor with 120-165Hz refresh rate, and can't quite afford the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti but didn't like the performance of the RTX 2060, MSI's new GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z is the perfect card for you.
It offers GTX 1080 Ti levels of performance with RTX abilities (if you want that) while running nice and cool and ready for high resolution games thanks to its faster GDDR6 memory that can be overclocked to 16Gbps of bandwidth.
MSI has an awesome range of custom GeForce RTX cards in its GAMING Z family, with each one of them standing out on their own away from NVIDIA's in-house GeForce RTX Founders Edition cards. Once again, MSI earns some big praise for its GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z, one of the fastest custom RTX 2070 cards on the market.
Last updated: Jun 16, 2020 at 04:31 pm CDT
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)100%
Bundle, Packaging & Software100%
The Bottom Line
Even today, MSI's kick ass GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z -- is still, kick ass. Offering performance of around the GTX 1080 Ti while doing it in style.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Availability & Pricing]
- Page 2 [Detailed Specs: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 GAMING Z]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 GAMING Z]
- Page 4 [Cooling Tech: TWIN FROZR 7]
- Page 5 [Test System Specs]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]